EUROCLYDONBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive."Acts 27:14-15------Enroute and on ship, Paul finds himself a prisoner in passage to Rome where he will be heard by the Caesar, who will declare a final verdict and sentence on his life.The journey is laden with every kind of adventure possible; Huck Finn appears the only thing absent.The ship bearing Paul, at this juncture, is experiencing "Storm Euroclydon" which curiously, mysteriously, and interstingly launches him into a great "sea" of new and lost humanity. Paul, through this, will find himself linked to remote islands, land folks, sailors, fishermen, and peoples too many to count on account of Euroclydon.The vocations, locations, and stations traveled by Paul on this voyage are too many to count and rebounding with the presence and glory of God. Lives truly "lost" at sea and on distant lands will be given hope and delivered the message of the glorious Gospel.What a wonder!-------Consider the divine providences of God, my friend, attending Paul's journey:+Consider the employed resources at God's disposal 24/7 which He applies and utilizes for the advancement of His Gospel.+Consider the love He has for all people which precipitates His "gracious acts" imposed and composed of "Euroclydons."+Consider the goodness of God in the storms He elects and give Him praise!God has His ways, means, and methods of transporting His men and compelling them to greater works, service, and stations as He wills. He dots and dominates the landscape with His glory and urges us to remember, hourly, that He rules the world and the sea, no man or power preventing."O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God; how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counselor?"Romans 11:33-34-------Are we not afforded the most substantial hope, dear reader, in understanding and knowing that the rudder of our lives is being steered, channeled, and directed by the sovereing will of the Father?Do the burdens and fears pressing in on us not seem wonderfully subdued by the reality that all things are predetermined and kept in check by Him?Are we not sufficiently strengthened and stabilized by the knowledge that we are firmly tethered and anchored to the Sovereign One 24/7.Does not the "Euroclydon" seem tamed and curiously quieted when we find ourselves subjects of the stormy sea and subjects of God; objects of His great love?------True spiritual adventure is composed of countless "storms" and yet rebounds with echoes of HIs praise.It's all according to His plan,His hand,His perfect, pleasing, and holy will.The glorious Gospel continues to extend itself,lives continue to be touched,and the Kingdom of heaven never ceases to expand.Love the life you live ...on the land or on sea.It's an extraordinary adventure.-------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS1) Read Acts 25-28 with a consideration of God's resourceful employments deployed on behalf of man.What does He create, employ, and use for the furtherance of the Gospel?-------2) Recognize the difficult events of your life as presiding for the good and glory of God. He will predispose you toward His will in curious and mysterious way, but always, and forever with the objective of fulfilling His will in your life and the lives of others.Name your "Euroclydon."------3) How are you stretched, encouraged, and challenged through Paul's vogage?What praises do you wish to extend God for His benevolent and curious ways?What do you see God doing around you?-------Love the life you live ...you were created for adventure.
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